January 1st was not only the beginning of 2015, but also the date of my blogging anniversary on this space. On the first day of 2012, I decided to begin Colline’s Blog with the aim of writing on a range of topics. Sitting down to write was my New Year’s resolution that year – and it is one resolution that I have kept for three years now. As I move into my fourth year of blogging on this space, I think back on what I have achieved so far.
I have certainly made many blogger friends – and these are people I enjoy communicating with. I enjoy the comments they make on my blog and, when I am able, I enjoy reading the posts that they have created. During the past year (2014), I passed the 1000 mark for WordPress followers. I also had my busiest day on my blog – 280 visitors! I could not quite believe this number when I saw it and was curious to know the post that had attracted so much attention. The post, A Voortrekker Display, was one I had created about a museum I had visited with my children when in South Africa.
A few of my older posts still get viewed. To this day Our Need for Shelter, which was written in April 2012, still gets views. Not surprisingly, this post has the most comments (72 in total). In May 2013, I wrote a note to my mom (A Mother’s Day Note), and that post has a total of 43 comments. And my third-viewed post of all time – my recipe on Baked Salmon with Basil and Parsley.
This past year I have also written on one topic for a total of 31 days. It was challenging to do this on so many levels: I had to think back into the past and dig deep to re-experience emotions; and I had to express in words experiences that I had not often spoken about. I tried my best to avoid repetition and yet stay true to my experience of moving to another country.
During this year I also began my Gratitude Project. My aim is to blog each week on something I am grateful for. Having an attitude of gratitude helps one, I believe, to think positively in one’s life – and helps with one’s feeling of contentment. Thinking of things that I am grateful for has not been as difficult as I thought it would be; and reading other people’s gratitude posts has shown me even more things I have to be grateful for.
Near the end of the year, I made the decision to make my blog a .com address. I have done so to show my commitment to my blog – and to see whether it will make any difference to the traffic on the blog. I have not yet seen any difference.
As I move into my fourth year of blogging, I look forward to more writing and sharing of photos – and to more communication with people I have come to know through this medium. Blogging is one New Year’s resolution I do not regret making; and one I hope to follow through with again during 2015.
What were your blogging highlights during 2014?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015